The Basics

To sue means to bring your problem before a judge for legal decision.The Civil Division of the Provincial Court is designed for ordinary people to present their legal problems without the need to hire a lawyer.

However, it is your option to hire a lawyer or an agent to assist you in court. (An agent will not be provided by the court.) This person can question the other party and any witnesses for you, and can sum up the case on your behalf.

The information available in the menu to the left identifies a general description of proceedings in court, some specific information on the procedures involved when you want to sue someone or are being sued, and suggestions on how to prepare your case.

Note: You have to be 18 to sue someone, or you have to find someone to accept responsibility for the lawsuit including costs. This person is called the "next friend ." View the flowchart of the civil claim process for an overview.